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Creative Commons – Infographic

Creative Commons

Teaching and understanding copyright can be a tricky thing.  All too often we encounter those students who love to cut and paste text into a paper, change a couple of words and pass it on as their own which we know is blatant plagiarism.  Sometimes they will do this and either unintentionally forget to of attribute the work to the original author incorrectly.  In other cases, it’s not known whether or not a work is even allowed to be used or changed.  Add to this mix the concept of Creative Commons, a copyright and usage permissions vehicle that generally covers digital work and the task becomes even more precarious.

As more and more students are looking to and using online resources, it is important that they understand what is allowed and not allowed in terms of usage and copyright.  Today’s infographic takes a look at the most common licenses they may encounter with Creative Commons protected works.  This is vital to understand as these works are meant to be re-used and shared, but only under the proper terms and conditions.

What is Creative Commons?


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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Infographics


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Experience the Planets — Cross-Curricular Artistic Experssion

Experience the Planets

Science meets art, or the other way around, on this fantastic site where artists interpret our solar system creatively while at the same time applying scientific fact to their work.  Experience the Planets allows you to look at our planetary neighbors in a new light, while at the same time teaching students the astronomical facts behind the artwork.

There are many uses for a site like this.  You could use the idea behind Experience the Planets as a cross-curricular project with art and any subject in any grade level.  Have students illustrate a scientific concept or natural phenomenon and provide the research and factual material to accompany it.  You could do the same in a history or social studies class and have students create an artistic representation of a person or event and cite each aspect of their artwork with research.  Perhaps you might try using Experience the Planet’s concept in reverse to have students work in art class to critique pieces that depict historical or real-life events and find accuracy in the artwork based on their research of that event.

Make sure that you have the latest plug-ins (Flash, Shockwave, etc.) in your browser for Experience the Planets and watch the volume – there is a great classical-inspired background soundtrack for each of the eight planets.

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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Websites


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